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The Mouth-Filling 2018 Saint Cosme, Cotes du Rhone

September 19, 2019 Leave a comment

Saint Cosme is the negociant label distinct from Château de Saint Cosme.  Do not hesitate to try the 2018 Saint Cosme, Cotes du Rhone  for the quality of the fruit purchased from Vinsobres and Villafranchian is excellent.  The wine is somewhat unique as it is pure Syrah fermented with indigenous yeasts then raised in cement vats.  This is a wine to drink young in its grapey state but it absolutely requires several hours of air to show best.  An outstanding value for $13 at MacArthur Beverages.

2018 Saint Cosme, Cotes du Rhone – $13 at MacArthur Beverages
Imported by by Winebow.  This wine is 100% Syrah fermented and aged in cement vat.  Alcohol 14.5%.  Young, rounded berry fruit on the nose.  This is a grapey, rather young berry-fruited wine highlighted by juicy acidity.  With several hours of air, your impression will change as it reveals some serious concentration.  The fruit fills the mouth with a spicy, savory hint before the graphite and fat infused finish.  *** Now – 2021.

For the table: 2016 La Janasse, Cotes du Rhone

The 2016 Domaine de la Janasse, Cotes du Rhone is a wine you can purchase by the case to drink over the next several years.  It has some youthfulness right now but there is enough density to the fruit that when coupled with quality acidity and structure, will see it evolve across several years.  I purchased this bottle at MacArthur Beverages.

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2016 Domaine de la Janasse, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah, and Cinsault that was aged 6 to 9 months in vat.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Youthful and clean with a bit of dense, black fruit.  Watering acidity and supportive structure will see this wine through the next several years.  It finishes with baking spices and a little cocoa.  A good value.  **(*) Now – 2024.

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A fistful of Grenache – 2016 Domaine Gramenon, Poignee de Raisins

A long-time favorite, the latest vintage of 2016 Domaine Gramenon, Poignee de Raisins, Cotes du Rhone is a wine to grab for sheer enjoyment.  It is not a Cotes du Rhone for aging, rather one full of grapey flavor and depth best enjoyed now.  I find that the juicy personality is a match for the textured mouth feel.  It is available on the shelves at MacArthur Beverages.  Grab a few bottles and pull a cork as soon as you get home.

2016 Domaine Gramenon, Poignee de Raisins, Cotes du Rhone – ~$22
Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from young vines.  It was fermented in concrete then aged 12 months in used barriques.  Alcohol 13.5%. Round and grapey with extract textured fruit. There are flavors of strawberry but soon blue fruit and baking spices come out. This is a juicy wine with a bright tilt. There is presence in spades. The savory vein of fruit is youthful and the structure leaves ripe tannins on the gums. The long aftertaste is of ethereal ripe fruit and minerals. **** Now – 2020.

2016 Stephane Ogier, Les Temps Est Venu, Cotes du Rhone

The 2016 Stephane Ogier, Les Temps Est Venu, Cotes du Rhone is the latest, tasty vintage of this wine made primarily from Plan de Dieu fruit.  It follows in the tradition of 2015 by offering up plenty of forward, nearly full-bodied flavor.  The first bottle I opened was drunk in a group setting so I did not have more than a glass.  I found it forward and a bit soft.  With the second bottle, I followed it to the end and like the 2015, it becomes balanced with air.  The structure and acidity provide the needed framework.  It has good complexity now so in short, buy, buy, buy!  You may find it at MacArthur Beverages.

2016 Stephane Ogier, Les Temps Est Venu, Cotes du Rhone – $16
Imported by Robert Kacher.  This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre, and a dollop of Cinsault. The fruit is largely sourced from Plan de Dieu, fermented in concrete vats where it is also aged for 12 months.  Alcohol 14%. Forward and soft at first then with air the wine oscillates until the tangy start then builds form by the finish.  This medium to full-bodied wine has flavors of red and blue fruits that tighten up to good effect with support from a modest structure.  Notes of garrigue and Southern Rhone warmth add complexity.  *** Now – 2021.

A trio of Cotes du Rhone

Cotes du Rhone upon release is fun but it  also is with a few years of age.  The 2012 Domaine Alary, L’Estevenas, Cairanne  is still bright and lively but there are pleasingly mature flavors to be enjoyed right now.  Pure, grapey, and deep-fruited the 2015 Domaine Charvin, Le Poutet, Cotes du Rhone offers a good level of intensity.   The 2015 Saint-Damien, Vieilles Vignes, Plan de Dieu is another must-try wine.  I have recommended the wines of Plan de Dieu before.  If you still haven’t tried one then grab this bottle!  The Charvin was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.  The Alary and Saint-Damien were purchased at Weygandt-Wines.

2012 Domaine Alary, L’Estevenas, Cairanne – $20
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler. This wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah.  Alcohol 14%. Black fruit on the nose. This is a bright wine of mulberry flavors which still sports grip. There is watering acidity, a mixture of grip and garrigue, and hints of structure in the end. Notes of maturity do come out but the wine is still lively at the start. *** Now – 2023.

2015 Domaine Charvin, Le Poutet, Cotes du Rhone – $20
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler. This wine is a blend of 81% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah, and 5% Carignan.  Alcohol 14%. This is a pure, grapey and deep fruited wine very much in the Charvin style. The middle is perfumed and mineral, eventually take on floral notes. There is just a touch of heat giving away the vintage. *** Now – 2023.

 

2015 Saint-Damien, Vieilles Vignes, Plan de Dieu – $17
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler. This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14.5%. Kirsch on the nose. There is a bright, clean start which soon builds midpalate depth to the red fruit. There are additional flavors of dense black fruit and minerals by the end. There are tons of flavor to which bramble and red meat add complexity. This enjoyable in this youthful, modestly structured state. *** Now – 2025.

Another daily bottle for your table: 2015 Stephane Ogier, Les Temps est Venu, CdR

March 25, 2018 1 comment

The 2015 Stephane Ogier, Les Temps est Venu, Cotes du Rhone is more forward than the previous vintage which means it is a great wine to drink for enjoyment midweek.  I recommend you stock up at MacArthur Beverages.

2015 Stephane Ogier, Les Temps est Venu, Cotes du Rhone – $15
A Robert Kacher selection imported by Domaine Select. This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre, and a dollop of Cinsault. The fruit is largely sourced from Plan de Dieu, fermented in concrete vats where it is also aged for 7 months. Alcohol 14%.  This is a forward, rounded wine with minimal structure and hints of minerals in the finish.  Though there is ripe, sweet, grapey fruit with noticeable weight, the wine becomes drier with air which puts it into balance.  Good value.  *** Now – 2020.

With good potential 2016 Domaine La Garrigue, Cuvee Romaine

March 19, 2018 1 comment

In Washington, DC, we are about to transition from Spring back into Winter.  With cooler temperatures in mind I recommend the 2016 Domaine La Garrigue, Cuvee Romaine, Cotes du Rhone.  This vintage returns with the earthy, deep note which reveals itself after a good dose of air.  It is a bit tight right now, while you may enjoy it from a decanter it is best left until the fall.  I picked up this bottle at Pete’s of East Lake in Seattle.

2016 Domaine La Garrigue, Cuvee Romaine, Cotes du Rhone – ~$17
Imported by Eric Solomon. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah sourced from 60-90 year old vines. It was aged for 12 months in concrete tanks. Alcohol 14.5%.  Tasted over three nice this wine offers brambly fruit with fine yet ripe textured tannins that coat the gums from the start.  The acidity is fresh providing the life for this wine to develop over the next few years.  There is also that earthy, deep-note I enjoy in my favorite vintages of this wine.  *** Now – 2025.